L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec is honoured to have received permission from the George Balanchine Trust to present onstage excerpts from the ballets Diamonds and Episodes in its annual show.

Living up to Balanchine's standards

Performed by the young dancers under the direction of Anik Bissonnette, these signature works from the 20th century are a testament to the choreographic genius of the man credited with steering classical ballet in a modern direction. The two works will be presented as part of Corps de ballet, presented in collaboration with Mondor. The show takes place at Salle Pierre-Mercure (located at UQÀM’s Centre Pierre-Péladeau) on May 29 and 30, 2013.

“As a ballerina, I was especially fond of this great choreographer’s repertoire,” says Anik Bissonnette. “That’s why I wanted students at L’École supérieure to enjoy from the same experience. The students had to hone their technique for two years before the George Balanchine Trust gave us permission to publicly present these ballets.”

The students at L’École supérieure benefitted from the expert supervision of Joysanne Sidimus, who has served as a repetiteur with the George Balanchine Trust since 1983. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sidimus was a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, and she is the recipient of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

In keeping with tradition, the second part of L’École supérieure’s annual show will be dedicated to creation, with the presentation of made-to-measure choreographies meant to allow the 140 or so students in the Professional Program to showcase both their mastery of the classical technique and the strength of their respective personalities. New activity this year: Thanks to support from Telus, the presentation of a school matinee was added so that tomorrow’s dancers have a chance to meet tomorrow’s audiences.

A glimpse of our 2012 performance
Backstage footage of last year's show

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